A young couple have blasted Emirates Airways, claiming they were ordered off their international flight to Dubai when a flight attendant overheard the woman complain about her period pains.
Typically, when an airline passenger is booted off a flight, it’s usually because of bad behaviour, but in the case of Beth Evans and Josh Moran, their trip from Birmingham to Dubai was waylaid by her menstrual cramps.
The British couple claim a flight attendant raised concerns that she would be a health risk on the seven-hour journey.
Though many women can experience debilitating cramps, the 24-year-old described hers as mild.
“To be kicked off for period pains, it was madness,” Mr Moran told The Sun.
“Beth was in tears and getting upset when the hostess was asking her questions. It’s embarrassing to have to explain about period pains when it’s being overheard.”
The 26-year-old barber added that the flight crew didn’t offer medical assistance before asking the pair to disembark.
“They didn’t have anyone look her over… they just contacted a medical team in the US and they said Beth couldn’t fly,” he added.
The couple have also claimed that they had to pay an additional (about $450) to rebook their flights on top of the initial $700 booking.
An Emirates spokesperson said that the airline was acting in Evans’s best interest.
“The passenger alerted crew that she was suffering from discomfort and pain, and mentioned she was feeling unwell,” the spokesman said.
“The captain made the decision to request medical support and offload Ms. Evans so she could access medical assistance.
“We would not have wanted to endanger Ms. Evans by delaying medical help had she worsened during the flight.”
Neither Moran nor the airline have yet responded to Yahoo Lifestyle’s requests for comment.
The World Health Organization (WHO) states that airlines “have the right to refuse to carry passengers with conditions that may worsen, or have serious consequences, during the flight.”
This includes conditions that may “be aggravated” during air travel.
Yahoo7 News has contacted Emirates for comment.